The first official roster cutdown doesn’t come until next weekend, after the Cardinals play their third preseason game against the Chargers, but they released three players today: center Kyle Quinn, guard Scott Wedige and kicker/punter Will Batson. That brings the roster to 87. That first cut has to be to 75, so there may not be any hurry to fill those slots. Then again, allowing Batson to go might open the possibility of bringing in another kicker for the last couple of preseason games. Bruce Arians wasn’t happy Jay Feely missed a 30-yard field goal against Dallas — although Feely knocked home a 53-yarder — and there’s always a chance at competition.
It’s been a tough run for vet kickers of late, with Miami cutting Dan Carpenter and Buffalo cutting Rian Lindell. In both those situations, though, the team already had a young kicker in place who was competing. Batson was never going to unseat Feely. A change might be unlikely, but the Cards did make a special teams move at the end of the 2011 preseason, surprisingly bringing in Dave Zastudil late to go against incumbent punter Ben Graham. Zastudil ended up winning the job.
Tags: Ben Graham, Dan Carpenter, Dave Zastudil, Kyle Quinn, Rian Lindell, Scott Wedige, Will Batson
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The Cardinals signed three linemen today: A pair of centers in Deveric Gallington (mentioned earlier today) and Kyle Quinn (who happens to be a University of Arizona product) along with defensive tackle Jonathan Mathis, who is from Texas A&M. The Cards have been looking to upgrade their center depth, and Mathis is needed with all the defensive line injuries.
That means three players had to be released, and one — being waived-injured — was wide receiver LaRon Byrd, who suffered a concussion last week. Byrd had been in the mix to win a job after making the team as an undrafted player last year, but he didn’t flash as much as the coaches had been looking for over the summer and now has been dealing with the injury.
Also waived-injured was defensive end Everrette Thompson (shoulder), while wide receiver Tyler Shaw was cut.
The Cardinals now, behind Lyle Sendlein, have Gallington, Quinn, Adam Bice and Mike Gibson as reserve centers. Gibson can also play guard.
Tags: Deveric Gallington, Everrette Thompson, Jonathan Mathis, Kyle Quinn, LaRon Byrd, Tyler Shaw
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